Looking for some fun and unique things to do in Philly this weekend? Metro has you covered.
Surprise Birthday Party for William Shakespeare
After an inaugural celebration last year, The Phoenix Theatre is throwing another surprise birthday celebration for The Bard himself. For this one-night-only live event, company members, apprentices, and show alumni from The Phoenix Theatre will present scenes, monologues, sonnets and songs that highlight some of the very best works from the famous playwright. The release states that in addition, the celebration continues during the week leading up and the day after (now until Saturday) with the company’s second round of the The Pointless Shakespeare Knowledge Challenge, hosted by Andrés Gallardo Bustillo featuring special guests live on Instagram each day at noon. The party however takes place virtually Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m., and is part of Philadelphia Theatre Week sponsored by Theatre Philadelphia. A suggested donation of $20 is recommended and seats can be reserved online.
Houseplant Cat Club
The PSPCA has teamed up with Urban Jungle Philly to launch the Houseplant Cat Club in an effort to find homes for the organization’s less social cats. According to the release, these cats are non-aggressive, but due to their histories of being rescued from neglectful situations, require time and patience to truly flourish. Over the course of the last year, pandemic plants have become very popular with individuals wanting to care for living objects while creating tranquil indoor sanctuaries during these uncertain and stressful times, so, the PSPCA is hoping these very same people will open their hearts and homes to cats who are in search of tranquility, hope and a new beginning. The organization will be waiving all adoption fees for these furry friends, and on top of that, each adopter will receive a $25 gift certificate to pick up a houseplant of their own from Urban Jungle Philly. Philadelphians can check out adoptable pets through Urban Jungle’s social media and on posters in store to find their match.
Not Another F’n Zoom Show
Chris Narisi and Rick Juliani are teaming up to present their own spin on creative entertainment: ‘Not Another F’n Zoom Show.’ This live in-person art show will be celebrating new works by the two artists at South Street-area’s Subculture Hair Studio — where “art meshes with an upscale full-service hair salon.” The event, which takes place this Friday, April 23, from 7-11 p.m. is free and ticketed (for social distancing), but it will also have another spirited incentive as well in the form of free beer from new Frankford-based nano-brewery My Local Brew Works. The release also states that additionally, attendees will enjoy discounts on hair products, appointments and more. Tickets include entrance to the art exhibition, beers from My Local Brew Works (while supplies last), as well as exclusive access to discounts on Subculture Hair Studio products and 20% off on appointments. Registration is free, but limited to hour intervals from 7-11 p.m. to ensure social distancing. Tickets can be found online through Eventbrite, and masks will also be required.
The Bourse’s Baseball Movie Night
Old City’s own artisanal food hall has a new incentive to head to their venue for baseball lovers and film aficionados every Friday night. With their new outdoor movie series, ‘There’s No Crying in Baseball,’ Philadelphians will be able to watch 90’s baseball classics on the big screen on their Fifth Street patio for a safe and socially distanced outdoor movie screening from 7 to 10 p.m. each week in April. Each table seats up to four guests and costs a flat fee of $40, so groups of one, two, three or four only need to purchase one ticket. This week’s film is ‘A League of Their Own’, and moviegoers are invited to the patio starting at 6 p.m. to enjoy snacks and refreshments from select food hall vendors prior to the movie.
111 S. Independence Mall E., theboursephilly.com
Sabrina’s Cafe 20th Anniversary
All of Sabrina’s Cafe locations will be celebrating their business history (which now spans over two decades) with a delicious celebration that also has a charitable incentive. On April 22, Sabrina’s Café will offer several original menu items from 2001 for one day only with throwback pricing for those particular dishes, spanning from their blue cheese frittata, banana stuffed french toast, apple and sharp cheddar omelette and more. Sabrina’s Café will then match that price, and all proceeds accumulated will be donated to local charity Project Home, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides housing, opportunities for employment, education and medical care for homeless and low-income persons in Philadelphia. The 20th Anniversary event will be available at all open Sabrina’s Café’s locations for dine-in only.
Various locations, sabrinascafe.com